The seat of government in the city was originally the Palazzo del Broletto, where the municipal institutions were located. It became a noble residence during the rule of the Torriane and Visconti families, who gave it its shape that can in part still be seen, based on a system of two courtyards. Partially demolished to make way for the Cathedral nave, the building was refurbished after 1452 by Francesco Sforza. Used as the seat of power by the Spanish rulers, it underwent substantial modifications until the late 18th century, in particular the extensive work by Giuseppe Piermarini. Alongside the volumes of the Palazzo there is the Arengario, seat of the Palazzo del Turismo, with its two pavilions designed in 1939 (and completed in 1956) by the architects Enrico Agostino Griffini, Pier Giulio Magistretti, Giovanni Muzio and Piero Portaluppi. Feature of interest - On the first floor of the Palazzo, there is the famous 'Sala delle Cariatidi', in the location of the ancient theatre destroyed by fire in 1776. This hall is now undergoing restoration.
Shopping low cost around Milan !
There are plenty of outlets of famous brands round Milan. For exemple you can find a lot of outlet in Vertemate (go to my Vertemate page) where you can cheaply buy clothes of Armani, Levis or Diesel. Vertemate is 30 minutes from Milan in the Como province.
If you get a car you can go to Serravalle Scrivia where there is a town of outlets. The Serravalle Outlet is only a short distance from you, between Piemonte, Liguria and Lombardia.There are plenty of famous brand: Asics, Rifle, Slam, Beauty Ventures, Benetton, Petit Bateau, Frette, Marina Yachting, Henry Cotton's, Mandarina Duck, Pal Zileri, Samsonite, Cotton Belt, Calvin Klein, Guess, Sergio Tacchini, Levi's Strauss, Dockers, Diesel, Hammer, Stefanel, Nike, Binda, Pinko, Rebecchi, Invicta, Diadora, Cacharel, Valextra, Saldarini, Genny, Trussardi, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Gilli, Coccinelle, Moreschi, Fiorucci, Infiore, Wrangler, Zanolini. When you go there...Shopping will be an obsession.
Sleek fashion from the States
Milan is not just high-end shopping -- there are ample of ways buy clothes, shoes and accessories with medium and low prices. Just avoid the golden triangle of fashion, and the world is your oyster even with smaller budgets.
Guess store, located on Piazza San Babila, is a good balancing act between style and money; the garments are fashionable, trendy and well-designed, but the price tags are lower than in the high-end stores. The store is not a bargain, however, and you can spend several hundreds easily.
The store caters for both men and women, and the lower level showroom more than doubles the square meters -- in other words, the selection is very good.
Once you get to know the Metro lines, it is possible it get most anywhere in Milan. Lines are extensive, especially around the central region.
Tickets cost 1 Euro and have to be validated as you pass through the gates, before entering the train platforms.
If you notice a magazine stand in the underground, you can buy your tickets from there too to avoid the longer lines at the station booth. Tickets cost the same.
Check what time your station closes though! Not all of them close at the same time and as some streets can get quite quiet and rowdy in the late hours, its good to know how far and where you have to walk to get to an open station.
The transportation in the city...
The transportation in the city by public transport service is very difficult. The bus is busy by traffic. Underground is little good . Pay attention, there is a lot of musicians in trains and stations , woman with children who ask money and more....